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Mel Ziegler: A Living Thing – Flag Exchange
August 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - November 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Tattered American flags from each state hang from the ceiling of historic Federal Hall displayed by artist and KCAI alumnus Mel Ziegler (’79 sculpture). Ziegler’s exhibit “A Living Thing – Flag Exchange” is featured in this article https://news.
Ziegler, who often travels throughout rural America for his work, began the project in 2011, when he noticed a tattered flag hanging in Tennessee, its white stripes almost entirely disintegrated. “I just thought it was so poignant that I had to have it,”
The exhibition, curated by Hesse McGraw, is titled “Mel Ziegler: A Living Thing – Flag Exchange.” The name is taken from the United States Flag Code, which states that “the American flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” Perhaps that’s why the flags take on such an emotional quality here, hanging in delicate shreds in one of the country’s most historic buildings. Built in 1842, Federal Hall sits on the site of the country’s first US Capitol building under the Constitution, the spot where George Washington was inaugurated in 1789.